Hurricane Pet Tips & Pet Friendly Shelters

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Operation Hours during Hurricane Irma

  • Pet Alliance will be CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1st to November 30th. Be prepared with these tips from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Download our Hurricane Preparedness Sheet (PDF)
Download our Hurricane Preparedness Sheet (PDF)

Are you and your pet prepared?

  1. Never leave your pet behind.
  2. The safest place for your pet is with you! If you must evacuate, take your pet along.
  3. Place two ID tags on your pet’s collar. Include a temporary tag with the phone number of a friend or relative who lives outside your immediate area.
  4. Microchip your pet and make sure the chip registration is updated. Be sure to locate and update your microchip registry.
  5. Prepare a travel kit for your pet. Include bowls, food, bottled water, towels, needed prescriptions, bathing supplies, flea/tick control, and leashes.
  6. Make sure your pets are current on vaccinations.
  7. Create a record file for each pet. Include your pet’s vaccination records.
  8. Always travel with photographs of your pet.
  9. Have travel carriers handy for evacuation. Make your pet’s carrier a fun and safe place by placing treats, toys and meals in it on a routine basis.
  10. Most public evacuation shelters do not accept pets. Know ahead of time pet friendly accommodations. Visit ‘Bring Fido‘ to locate pet friendly accommodations, and view our map below for area shelters that do allow them.
  11. Take your dogs on a long walk before the storm.
  12. Keep your pets routine as normal as possible (feeding time and potty time
  13. Bonus tip: you can buy a small area of fake grass and a baby pool and put in the garage for them to use the bathroom during the storm.

For the latest storm information, visit the National Hurricane Center.

Keep checking back for more tips, first-hand accounts, and more, designed to help pet owners be prepared for hurricane season.

You can help a pet in need by supporting the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, donate today!

Pet Friendly Shelters

Below is a map of Pet Friendly shelters in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties:

If you do take your pet to a shelter, remember:

  • Shelters are first-come, first-served, so get there early.
  • You must have the pet in a carrier or cage.
  • You must provide proof of current vaccinations.
  • Bring Food, water and serving containers.

The shelter locations in the map above where current as of 9/5/2017 and may change. Please view your county website for full shelter information:

Osceola County
Seminole County
Orange County
Lake County
Brevard County
Volusia County

Thanksgiving Pet Dangers

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pause and give thanks for the joys in your life, especially your furry friends!  It’s also a time when your home may be full of wonderfully tempting foods for your pets.

Of course, it’s always best to never give your pet table food but we realize the holidays are a time of indulgence for some.

Here are 10 foods you should be aware of the dangers for your pet this Thanksgiving:

  1. Turkey bones are coking hazards for your pets that can puncture the stomach and intestines which could be fatal.  If you must share with your pet, give them small bites of cooked turkey with all the bones removed.
  2. Stuffing often contains scallions, garlic and onions, all of which are toxic to animals and can result in anemia.
  3. Nutmeg has mild hallucinogenic properties that when ingested by your pet can result in seizures, tremors and other problems.  Pumpkin and sweet potatoes when pure in form can be very good for your dog.
  4. Alcohol is never, ever, okay for your pet.  They can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, and even death.
  5. Nuts of all kind including almonds, pecans and walnuts are high in oils and fats that can cause vomiting and diarrhea in pets.
  6. Dough is dangerous when ingested raw because the yeast continues to convert sugars into carbon dioxide gas and alcohol which can caught the pet to become intoxicated, a life-threatening emergency.
  7. Chocolate is well known to most pet owners but it’s great to remind guests not to share their tasty treats with your pets.
  8. Cooking debris such as cooking twine, discarded fat and greasy paper towels will attract your pets attention if left out or in an easy to access trashcan.  Be sure to guard against them consuming these.

If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando wishes you, and your pets, a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We will be closed on Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will resume normal operations on Friday, November 25.

Halloween Pet Safety

HalloweenSafetyEveryone at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando wants you to have a happy, and safe, Halloween!  While this holiday can be a lot of fun, it can be terrifying and even dangerous for your pets.  Keep these 10 tips in mind to ensure they are able to enjoy the holidays safely.

  • Save the candy for trick-or-treaters, not Wags and Whiskers. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for pets. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
  • Halloween can be an exciting time for you and your pet, use caution when opening the door for trick-or-treaters to ensure your pet doesn’t dart outside.
  • All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
  • A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
  • Dressing your pet can be adorable but don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress – that’s not what the holidays are about, right?
  • If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t stressful or unsafe. It should not restrict their movement or hearing, or impede the ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.
  • Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
  • Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
  • Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
  • IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

Congratulations, Finalists!

The 3rd annual ‘My Best Friend’ Wine Label Contest sponsored by Quantum Leap Winery was the most competitive to date with more than $24,000 raised to benefit Pet Alliance!  

The top three pets in each category, in terms of total votes, moved on to the final round and the grand prize winners will be announced at this year’s Furball. Winners will have their pets photo, name and story featured on the 2016 My Best Friend Rescue Red Wine produced by Quantum Leap Winery.  

Each finalists story can be read online here.

Finalists in the Dog Category:


“She was barely a week old when she was dropped off at animal control and she found her way into our hearts a few weeks later.  She is the happiest little soul we have ever met and we are so fortunate to have found her.” -Catherine Reynolds


“When Barkley saw the lion statue in our front yard so diligently guarding our home, Barkley immediately (with no prompt) struck an identical pose to the statue.  We are now into our third year as a family.  Thank you, Barkley, for the love, joy and companionship you so willingly share!” -Sue Drake



“Sophie was part of a large group of puppies rescued from a house in Ft. Pierce.  I had recently lost my dog and swore I would never go through that hurt again.  When I realized the hurt was from not having my couch companion and faithful wake up face licker, I did a search to find a dog to fill that ever growing hole in my life.  How lucky am I to have found her!” -Stephen Bardy


Finalists in the Cat Category:


“We were grieving the unexpected passing of our family cat. For months, we did everything we could to try to save our kitty and just when we thought we were over the hurdle, she crossed over the rainbow bridge. Heartbroken and distraught, I read about Daphne’s story and immediately knew I needed to meet this little survivor. Her resilience and spunk for life spoke directly to my heart, and within minutes of meeting this beauty, I knew she was the newest addition to our family!” – Kimberly Pouncey



“I fell in love with Luna the second I saw her. I was working my volunteer shift at the Pet Alliance the morning that she went up for adoption and knew that she was for me.” -Michele Hand



“Sammy was someone’s pet that ended up with a feral colony in Osceola county. He looked thin and pregnant from worms and was not neutered. I took him to my vet where we found out he was positive for feline AIDS and Leukemia. He underwent antibiotic treatment and targeted lymphocyte therapy and became the picture of great health. He had 20 months of happiness and love.” -Lisa Ericson


Take your Cat to the Vet Day

August 22nd is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day.  Proper veterinary care is vital to providing your pet with a long and healthy life.  As this special day approaches we want to share with you 5 benefits of routine vet visits from the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

  1. Cats age more rapidly than humans
    A cat reaches the approximate human age of 15 during its first year, then 24 at age 2. Each year after, they age four “cat years” for every calendar year.  For example, your 8-year-old cat would be 48 in cat years.  Veterinary care is crucial because a lot can happen in those four “cat years.”
  2. Cats are masters at hiding illness
    Cat’s are naturally aloof which makes it difficult to detect any health problems they may have. Veterinaries are trained to spot changes or abnormalities that could be overlooked.  Detecting problems early prevents them from becoming more difficult to treat.
  3. More than 50% of cats are overweight
    A veterinarian will check your cats weight during each visit and provide recommendations to help keep your pet at an ideal weight. Even a few extra pounds can put your cat at risk of diabetes, heart, respiratory and kidney disease.
  4. Preventative care is better (and less expensive) than reactive care
    Regular exams help avoid medical emergencies by detecting conditions or disease before they become significant, painful and costlier to treat.
  5. Kittens have 26 teeth, adult cats have 30
    That’s a lot of dental care! Periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in cats three years or older.  While there may be no obvious signs it is important to discuss your cat’s teeth during their routine veterinary visit.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando offers high quality low-cost care for pets at our clinics in both Orlando and Sanford.  Learn more online or call 407-351-7722 to schedule an appointment today.

August Volunteers of the Month

JeffLisaAug16Jeff and Lisa are a couple who work so amazing individually, but also make an incredible team. They are here almost every Sunday caring for the cats as Kitty Cuddlers. Lisa is also amazing at taking pictures of the cats while she is playing with them. A lot of her pictures are actually on our website as the cats profile picture! Jeff and Lisa are both extremely involved in our foster program. I don’t know the last time they weren’t fostering kittens (tough job right?).

We are so thankful for their time given to Pet Alliance. They are amazing volunteers and we love having them on our team!


JoshAug16Josh is a fairly new volunteer to Pet Alliance. His home is in New York, but because he visits Orlando so often, he thought it would be a great idea to give of his time to his passion: giving love to dogs in a shelter. Since his start as a Bark Buddy, he is here every time he visits Florida, and is here multiple times in a week. He makes sure every dogs gets out at least once a day, and likes to take special care of the older dogs, and dogs that have been here a while.

Thank you so much for your hard work Josh! You are amazing and we are so glad to have you at Pet Alliance!